Here are those five items (in no particular order):
Pixelmator is among the fastest growing and most powerful image-editing software available in the market. The software operates in Mac operating system.
The software comes with a highly aesthetic Graphic User Interface (GUI); provides for the organization of documents; contains a huge collection of painting tools and simple photo correction tools.
Pixelmator is for those who do not really require the abundance of Photoshop—for such users, this software will be an exemplary and a handy tool for image editing.
We welcome on our list a member of the Photoshop family—Fireworks. This software has been designed specially for web designers, and it offers a number of high-quality features. It allows prototyping of websites and provides an excellent workspace atmosphere.
In addition, the software is a vector and raster hybrid and is able to undertake work with vector-based graphics and raster-based images.
Fireworks is a favorite among web designers and has been constantly voted as one of the best tools for website designers.
There are many open source vector image-editing software available, but none is as good as Inkscape.
Inkscapecomplies with Scalable Vector Graphics (SVG) and comes with a wide range of amazing editing tools. It is presently a favorite open source alternative to Photoshop, which is undeniably expensive.
While Inkscape is our pick, there are other decent vector graphic editors such as CorelDraw, Adobe Illustrator and Xara X that you can opt for.
GIMP is an acronym for GNU Image Manipulation Program and is a powerful open source image editing software that operates in all mainstream operating systems such as Windows, Linux, and Mac.
Packed with a customizable interface, the user has the option of controlling the behavior and view of GIMP. It comes with a massive set of correction tools allowing the performance of high-quality correction and manipulation.
The GIMP makes outputs in all popular formats such as GIF, JPG, PSD, PNG, and TIFF. Thus, there would not any major file compatibility issues.
Photoshop is the King of all image-editing software. This software is packed with a humungous amount of features allowing the user to enhance and manipulate photographs as well as produce web graphics.
It offers a creative and advanced interface, and thus, the users feel comfortable in employing its incomprehensible cache of image correction tools.
Photoshop is expensive, but it has everything a professional photographer may require.